1997 Lafaurie Peyraguey, Sauternes (375 ml)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This wine displays gorgeous aromas of coconut, honeyed oranges, tangerines, pineapples, mangoes, and other tropical fruits. It is medium to full-bodied and super-rich, but not a blockbuster. It possesses low acidity (in flavor, but not in terms of analyses), and a long, 40-second finish. This superb 1997 exhibits considerable botrytis, as well as a thick, unctuously-textured style. Anticipated maturity: 2002-2025. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Cooler aromas of spearmint, clove oil and caraway seed; riper exotic fruit scents emerged with extended aeration. Intense flavors of pineapple, lime and mint, plus a repeating note of caraway seed. This is sharply delineated and quite lively, and showing much more structure and grip-but a less accessible texture-than a sample tasted from barrel a year ago.
Medium-bodied and sweet, with pretty apple skin, vanilla and grappa aromas and a vanilla and honey aftertaste. Perhaps not as exciting as usual, but very good indeed. Drink now through 2005.